We’re smack in the middle of Black History Month and don’t I just know it? I’m getting emails from friends who are performing all over this town and the state, and our grown and almost grown children are asking Dad questions about the time he met Dr. King, and what Nobel Peace Prize winner… Continue
It's pretty amazing how much work it is to put on a porn festival. The 3rd Annual Pornotopia Erotic Film Festival takes place in eight days according to the countdown clock on our website, and I continue to be grateful for all the individuals and organizations making Pornotopia 2009 possible.
Tickets are about to be printed, Pornotopia T-shirts are being designed, flyers are being distributed, sponsors are preparing… Continue
Last Saturday was the Fourth Annual Carnuel Road Parade and Fiesta here in the neighborhood, and wow was that a whirl of a day!
The morning started out in the parking lot of Explora, where all the floats lined up for their roll down the Mountain Road Parade route. In the meantime, clusters of drummers and dancers spotted the parking lot's shady spots, practicing their moves and gulping down pre-parade breakfast burritos. And a miming duo in… Continue
An empty bowl can indicate satiety or starvation. In these tough economic times, many Burqueños face tough choices, including empty bowls. Project Share, a soup kitchen located in southeast Albuquerque, takes on the challenge of filling these empty bowls six days a week with the help of many community organizations.
Each year Project Share holds a fundraiser called… Continue
I suffer from it. I intend to go, do, participate, and at the moment of action, I've forgotten. Well, I forget some of the times. Other times I use "OH NO! I forgot all about it!" to mask some other reason, usually some kind of misfit feeling that discourages from being around other people. No offense, strangers, but sometimes you just don't cut it, not even for this party-lovin' señorita.
As it turns out, I find that I'm not the only one who occasionally *wants* to do something but… Continue
I’ve been thinking about bilingualism a fair amount these days. Like so many families I know, my family is a mix of monolinguals and bilinguals. In these parts, most of us are familiar with Spanglish – that mix of Spanish and English that is used all over Albuquerque, but especially in communities like Barelas, Los Griegos, and the South Valley.
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It's almost here. After one year of planning, meetings, fund-raising in a less than prime economy, promotions, meetings, talent scouting, and meetings....the world's first Slam Poet Laureate program is preparing to take off. And what better place than right here in the 505?
After Albuquerque hosted the world's largest national poetry slam in 2005, carrying away the titel in the process, it seems only right that we should again be the torch-bearers and take the next progressive step in… Continue
For the past few months I've been a part of the Proposed Historic Nob Hill District Main Street Steering Committee, we've come along way in the application process, which is almost complete. This Friday, the 10th, is the final assessment by the NM Main Street directors (part of the State Department of Economic Development,) as to the readiness of Nob Hill to participate. Part of the agenda on Friday is a public lunch for those who wish to know more about the program, what it has to offer, and… Continue
Every time I drive to the airport, I see the San Jose Cemetery just west of I-25 and south of Gibson. I always tell myself that one of these days I must stop and check out the cemetery on foot.
This past weekend I did just that.
Finding the entrance to the cemetery was a bit of a challenge – the dirt road from Gibson is blocked off due to construction on Gibson, and so I ended up entering from Edith just south of Gibson. There’s… Continue
With the economy taking a dive and people losing jobs and (struggling to get their unemployment benefits), it seems like an odd time for a neighborhood to grow by increasing housing and services, but that is what has been happening in Barelas, even after our current recession began.
There are the Barelas Townhomes across from the famed Barelas Coffee Shop, the Barelas… Continue
Shortly after I moved to Barelas, I discovered Tingley Park. With two little ones, Tingley Park was a far enough walk away from home to feel like an adventure and close enough for us to make a quick dash for home in case we needed to.
There was also the bonus of Tingley Park’s location across the street from the Rio Grande…Continue
Thanks to Adelita, info about this project is now on DCF. Here is link to her blog post 2 out of 7 panels are completed and over the next 18 months, we will need any of the things below:
Storage Space (limited or shelving area of a shed or garage would work).
Scrap Glass & High Fire Tiles of earth and sky colors,
browns, greens, tans, blues, whites, purples,… Continue
Added by cc on January 17, 2009 at 11:00am —
I went to a party last weekend and was outed as Barelas Babe.
My identity is no secret, but once people discover this, cocktail conversations head in a predictable direction. So I spent more than a few minutes last Saturday night talking with a longtime Albuquerque realtor about changes in Barelas. When you live in a community it is easier to notice incremental changes, especially if you walk it daily. For the infrequent visitor driving… Continue